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  • What is a "Baker Act"?
    The Baker Act allows for involuntary commitment of persons experiencing a mental health crisis. It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person a) has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act) and b) is a harm to self, harm to others, or self neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act). In these cases, all available less restrictive treatment alternatives that would offer an opportunity for improvement of his or her condition have been judged to be inappropriate.
  • What's the different between psychiatry and psychotherapy?
    This is a very good question and we understand why client's would ask. Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental conditions by verbal communication and interaction via therapy sessions. This can be performed by psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage counselors, and licensed clinical social workers. Others persons trained in psychotherapy include physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. No medications are managed during these sessions. Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental illness. Although psychiatric providers are trained in therapy, the focus of care tends to be in the management of medications, ordering labs, and monitoring the progression of disease. For this reason, it is not uncommon to have a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or physicians assistant refer a patient to a psychotherapist why he or she managed the medications. This brand of medicine can only performed by physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
  • Will I need treatment forever?
    Not necessarily. Every patient is different and response to treatment vary. Conditions may be deemed from acute, chronic, or an exacerbations of a chronic conditions, all of which is taken into consideration for duration of treatment. Some patient conditions may go into remission and they're able to end treatment. Prevention or remission is always the goal.
  • Do I have to been seen in person? Is telehealth available?
    No. We offer telehealth visits for any client who is not prescribed a controlled substances. Follow those who need controlled substances, it is important to know: Under the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the Ryan Haight Act), a prescribing practitioner—subject to certain exceptions—may prescribe controlled medications to a patient only after conducting an in-person evaluation of that patient. In response to the COVID–19, as declared by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020, pursuant to the authority under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) granted temporary exceptions to the Ryan Haight Act and DEA's implementing regulations under 21 U.S.C. 802(54)(D), thereby allowing the prescribing of controlled medications via telemedicine encounters—even when the prescribing practitioner had not conducted an in-person medical evaluation of the patient—in order to prevent lapses in care. At this time, a Temporary Extension of COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescription of Controlled Medications was granted. Meaning patients receiving controlled substances, like Adderall for ADHD, may also be seeing via a telehealth visit without the mandate of an in-person visit. This rule is effective May 11, 2023, through November 11, 2024. *The convenience of telehealth is important as it reduces the occurrence of gaps in care. However, the extension described above does not mean you will not be asked to attend in-person visits from time to time. The extension means there's no current legal requirement to be seen in person prior to prescribing or refilling a controlled substance. Client safety is our priority, and the convenience of telehealth may not always be feasible or appropriate.
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